“As we prepare to celebrate our Independence tomorrow, it’s good to look back at what has made America the great nation that we are.
James Russell Lowell was asked by the French historian Francois Guizot, “How long will the American Republic endure?”
Lowell replied, “As long as the ideas of the men who founded it remain dominant.”
In recent years, it has become vogue for secularists to declare, and in some cases textbooks have been revised to reflect, that the Fathers of our country were not Christian or religious people at all, but were deists, atheists, or secularists. Some have even suggested that several of our Founders were more addicted to the French Enlightenment philosophy than they were to Christianity.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Of the fifty-five men who wrote and signed the U.S. Constitution in 1787, all but three were members of one of the established Christian communions. Twenty-nine were Anglicans, sixteen to eighteen were Calvinists, two Methodists, two Lutherans, two Roman Catholics, one lapsed Quaker and sometimes Anglican and Dr. Franklin, who said he was a deist, but attended every kind of Christian worship service, called for public prayer and contributed to all the Christian denominations.
The United States was founded on more biblical principles than any nation in history and therein is the secret to America’s greatness.
Those principles originally permeated our educational system, courts, public life, religious life and economic system producing what President Reagan called, “traditional values.”
The religious symbols one sees in Washington D.C. gives testimony to what our Founders really believed. There are at least forty-five biblical quotations and Christian symbols or references. Both the Capitol building and the Supreme Court building have reference to God.
I would highly recommend that you read, Rediscovering God in America by Newt Gingrich. It is available in our bookstore. It is a reflection on the role of faith in our nation’s history and future.
The late Francis Schaeffer described early America as a country that held a “Christian consensus.” But what is that and how did it impact the nation?
Christianity is not a passive faith that occupies only a person’s theological speculations. It involves everything he does and that way of life had so permeated this young nation by the time we declared our Independence that it extended its influence to every area, including the fields of law, government, morality, marriage, and business. There was a great deal of consensus on basic Christian principles and almost universal agreement on appropriate cultural-moral values. That cultural consensus is apparent to anyone who will examine the historical facts.
America was not founded as a “Christina nation,” but was seen as such because its Founding Fathers were either Christians or had been influenced throughout their entire lives by the Christina consensus that surrounded them.
As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day tomorrow, let us also remember that those principles are the insurance of continual greatness and blessing.”